The Role of NGOs in Promoting Welfare Activities
The emergence of organized Civil Society and of organizational manifestations of broader social movements have dramatically altered the broader social, political and economic landscape. Civil Society encompasses all the organizations and associations that exist outside the state (including political parties) and the market. It includes the gamut of organizations like interest groups, labour unions, professional associations (such as those of doctors and lawyers), chambers of Commerce, ethnic associations and others. It also incorporates the many other associates that exist for purposes other than advancing specific social or political agendas, such as religious organizations, students groups, cultural organizations (from choral societies to bird-watching clubs), sports clubs and informal communities, clubs. Such civil societies has emerged as an overarching concept linking democracy, peace and security.
NGOs contribute to a civil society by providing a means for expressing and actively addressing the varied and complex needs of society. NGOs promote pluralism, diversity, and tolerance in society while protecting and strengthening cultural, ethnic, religious, linguistic and other identities. NGOs advance science and thought; develop culture and art; protect the environment; and support all activities and concerns that make a vibrant civil society. NGOs motivate citizens in all aspects of society to act, rather than depend on state power and beneficence. NGOs create an alternative to centralized state agencies and provide services with greater independence and flexibility. NGOs establish the mechanism by which governments and the markets can held accountable by public.
In the emerging scenario where civil society is playing a proactive role for various development areas particularly women welfare, Women’s Studies Centre has initiated a novel idea of developing collaborations and networking with various NGOs involved in the field of women empowerment in the state of Punjab. Under this initiative, Women’s Studies Centre propose to compile a video graphic profile of these NGOs and their activities focusing particularly on education, health, nutrition and general awareness of women and children.
IVE Children, ESTD. 2002, is a registered non-profit charity working with the poorest of the poor for their upliftment and empowerment through quality education and holistic methodologies to channelize their energies and capabilities. Currently, working with 150 poor children who include orphans, single-parent siblings, children of very poor labourers/daily wagers, child labourers (especially girls). Its vision is to make the poorest of the poor, who don’t have access to even the basic resources of life, to have more wholesome and complete knowledge, education and life earning skills so that they become self reliant citizens and an asset to the society.